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Contents FEBRUARY 2019

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C U LT U R E ABSOLUTELY LOVES

FOOD & DRINK 48 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

AGENDA

50 RECIPES

SWINGING LONDON

INTERIORS 60 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

10 things we’re coveting this month

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Diary dates for February

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The Fashion and Textile Museum's new show

News from the industry

Three ways with carrots

News and views from the world of design

FA S H I O N 26 THE HOUR

68 THE FAMILY HOME

28 GO UNDERCOVER

63 MOODBOARD

How plus-size became fabulous

Luxe lingerie from Amelie's Follies

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H E A LT H & B E AU T Y BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL This month’s best beauty buys

43 PERFUME

Warming scents for cold months

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Yoko Kloeden's design for family life

A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N The online guide to inspirational London living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

Zoe Anderson shares her inspirations

T R AV E L 82 SUMMER SLOPES Summer in Austria

PROPERTY 100 LIVING THE DREAM

The most luxurious London properties

ON THE COVER hobbs.co.k

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Beautiful clothes, in larger sizes. page 26

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We wish she had designed our home. page 68

ebruary is widely agreed to be the most dismal of all months. It's dark, it's cold, there's no fun to be had. And then there's Valentine's Day, which can go either way. It can cheer us up or it can make us feel worse. A bottle of pink fizz, an earring or a little chocolate heart can sometimes be enough to renew one's faith in humanity, while the absence of these things can, on a bad day, be devastating. Still, we are featuring lots of delightful pink presents in these pages, along with other joyous things. There's the Fashion & Textile Museum's new exhibition, opening this month, which focuses on London in the 1960s, looking at fashion, design and culture with a large focus on Terence Conran and Mary Quant. We're hoping for an invitation to the opening party, which is rumoured to be fancy dress... also on the subject of clothes is a very contemporary phenomenon: actual stylish clothes for curvy women. We met a fascinating medic-turneddesigner who is pledging, with her brand The Hour London, to make larger clothes with tailoring and detail that we might actually want to wear. Interiors-wise we admire Laura Fulmine's small but perfectly formed apartment, and Yoko Kloeden's design for the ultimate family home. Enjoy February.

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THE CHOCOLATE LIBERTINE

Chcolate? Hearts? It must be Valentine's Day. page 36

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Organic beauty is the order of the day page 41

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Wish LIST 10 things we Absolutely love

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SHUT EYE Featuring a bold floral print in hues of plush rose and poppy red and made from crease-free stretch silk, these Marianne Scarlet silk pyjamas are Yolke’s most sumptuous yet. £470; yolke.co.uk

VE LVET TOUCH Style up your look with these sumptuous velvet pouches from Graham and Green. Add to any outfit as a chic clutch purse, or use to hold makeup, stationery or other valuables. From £11.95; grahamandgreen.co.uk

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ABSOLUTELY • LOVES Sharp lines Buyer-turned-designer Racil Chalhoub takes inspiration from the smoking jackets she fell in love with as a young girl. Combining Savile Row materials with influences from her native Beirut, her collections feature sleek, sharp tailoring that will transcend the seasons. racil.com

EARN YOUR STRIPES The Get 'Em Girl maxi dress from Maggie Marilyn is made from ethicallyproduced silk-satin which is lowimpact on the environment. It’s a fun choice for a formal event or easily styled with trainers. £395; net-a-porter.com

EDITOR’S PICK

TAILOR-MADE Carolina Herrera’s Resort ‘19 collection takes inspiration from Palm Springs in the ‘60s. Tailored from wool in a shade named 'Flamingo', this blazer looks even more spectacular with the matching trousers. £2,319; net-a-porter.com

JET SET Say goodbye to winter blues with luxury accessory label, Tila March. The brand embraces a multitude of elegant yet practical handbag silhouettes as well as small leather accessories that will have you dreaming of some summer sun. £94; farfetch.com

HANDBAGS AT DAWN UNDER COVER Not content with merely shaking up the beauty market, Rihanna has turned her hand to our underwear drawers. Her Savage x Fenty lingerie is a celebration of the female form in all shapes and sizes. £43.99. zalando.co.uk

With its triangular silhouette and candy pink acrylic fi nish, The Kofo clutch bag from LarAllan is quite the statement-maker. Take yours from the office to the afterparty. £630; larallan.com

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The Agenda

LO N D O N ’S H OT T E ST H A P P E N I N G S

T H E AT R E

ANDREW MACARA, YELLOW AND ORANGE SLEDGES

The Rocky Horror Show 11-16 February N E W W I M B L E D O N T H E AT R E Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK with West End star, Stephen Webb, as Frank. Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the musical masterpiece to book now. The Broadway, SW19; atgtickets.com

EXHIBITION

ANDREW MACARA F RO M 14 F E B RUA RY • JO NATHAN COOPER

This month sees Jonathan Cooper host its first solo show with Andrew Macara, a painter whose light-filled scenes are admired and collected worldwide. Expect joyful paintings inspired by the winter landscapes of his home in Derby, along with other works inspired by Macara’s extensive travels in Europe and beyond. 20 Park Walk, SW10; jonathancooper.co.uk

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The Orchestra Until 17 February O M N I B U S T H E AT R E Multi award-winning director Kristine Landon-Smith revives celebrated French playwright Jean Anouilh’s neglected classic, The Orchestra. Fizzing comedy and catastrophe collide in this post-war story exploring the corruption of human relationships and the jealousies aroused between a single male piano player in an all-female orchestra. 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4; omnibus-clapham.org

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THE DIOR COLLECTION From 7 February PROUD CENTRAL Spanning 1947 to the present day, this unmissable exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers through the lenses of four photographers. Showcasing the legendary designs of Christian Dior, The Dior Collection explores the enduring influence of the fashion house and Dior’s impact on the fashion world. 32 John Adam Street; WC2N; proud.co.uk

TOWN T H E AT R E

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM Until 26 February R OYA L A L B E R T H A L L Cirque du Soleil is back with another spectacular showcase of jaw-dropping circus acts and high-flying acrobatics. Totem takes its audience on an exhilarating journey into the evolution of mankind. Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

A TIME FOR NEW DREAMS

COLLECT 2019

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The 15th edition of Collect: The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design returns to the Saatchi Gallery for four days jam-packed with 40 galleries selling the work of over 400 artists. Alongside the galleries, Collect Open returns to provide a platform for 15 individual artists to show ambitious and conceptual craft-led installations.

Duke of York’s HQ; King’s Road, SW3; collect2019.org.uk

C I N E M A

SECRET CINEMA: CASINO ROYALE From 29 May T I C K E TS O N SA L E N OW Tickets are selling like hotcakes for Secret Cinema's hugely-anticipated take on Casino Royale. A secret location will be transformed into the glamorous and action-packed world of the iconic British spy, bringing to life its awe-inspiring scenes and locations. secretcinema.org

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This Month’s Must See

Until 16 February SERPENTINE GALLERIES Recognised as one of the most innovative designers of her generation, Grace Wales Bonner is a cultural polymath, who sees fashion as a means to explore ideas of identity and self-expression. Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams is permeated with themes of mysticism and ritual which explore magical resonances within black culture. Kensington Gardens, W2; serpentinegalleries.org

SALAGRAM SHARMA IN MALIK SS16, UDAIPUR. PHOTOGRAPH BY HARLEY WEIR

EX H I B I T ION

CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON 5 February C H I N AT O W N & THE WEST END As usual, Chinese New Year will be one of the most exciting events in London’s calendar. Join in the spectacular celebrations - the largest outside of Asia - and see the colourful parade, watch free performances and marvel at the pyrotechnics displays.

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Model wearing Pattern No. 3288, set against the Houses of Parliament. Taken from the feature announcing the launch of Quant’s designs for Butterick Paper patterns, August 1964. Photo by John Walcott. Image(s) taken from Conran/ Quant: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, published by ACC Art Books.

ARTS & CULTURE • PREVIEW

The flat of Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library, 1952, with furniture by Terence Conran. Photo by Michael Wickham. Copyright Denny Wickham. Image(s) taken from Conran/Quant: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, published by ACC Art Books.

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winging London: A Lifestyle Revolution presents the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set, a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. Spanning the period from 1952 – 1977, the exhibition includes fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera, exploring not only the style but the socio-economic importance of this transformative period. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avantgarde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson. PVC coats, OP Art and Space Age dresses by Mary Quant are seen alongside the early smocks, textile designs and dresses of Laura and Bernard Ashley and the modern wicker, steel and glass furniture of Terence Conran. The exhibition also includes the textiles, ceramics and furniture of Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson, who were founding members of the Independent Group and together created innovative designs under their company, Hammer Prints, set up in 1954. The exhibition spotlights not only the design of the period, but also the creation of trailblazing shopping experiences from Mary Quant’s rebellious London boutique ‘Bazaar’ (opened in 1955) to Terence Conran’s Habitat (opened in 1964). These shops were not just about

Mary Quant by Vic Singh, c.1961. Courtesy of a Private Collection.

designing for a new youth generation, but also promoting a new way of shopping and living. With Bazaar, Quant irreversibly altered the traditional approach to fashion design and retailing and outraged the all-powerful French fashion establishment. With Habitat, Conran created a retail environment that was a total work of art; ‘a Gesamntkunstwerk’, combining the theatre of The Chelsea Set’s London, with the relatively new phenomenon of ‘serve yourself’, supermarket-style shopping. The influence of France (Conran first visited in 1953) can be seen in Conran’s informal, light and bright styling, with merchandise piled high, reminiscent of

the hustle and bustle of a colourful street market. Early designs by Quant for Bazaar are plain, unadorned and unstructured; simple pinafores with dropped waistlines often worn with coloured stockings. A remarkable cotton, red and white Broderie Anglaise lounging ensemble by Quant (1955/56), will be shown alongside a range of furniture, fabrics, enamelware and ephemera from the first days of Habitat. In order to spotlight not just the fashion, but the lifestyle and design of the time, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution is presented in the form of detailed tableaus. During the mid 1950s, the increasing availability of inexpensive foreign package holidays and of films with exotic European settings inspired the eruption of coffee bars, bistros and other such distinctly continental establishments on British high streets. Throughout the exhibition, individual sets are inspired by these new and exciting continental trends, utilising fashion, furniture, textiles, ceramics and more to highlight how changes in social attitude intertwined with new ways of shopping, to create the designs that are now synonymous with 1960s life. There’s also an insight into the lesserknown early work of Laura and Bernard Ashley, whose ideas were influencing culture long before their iconic florals. Bernard Ashley’s textile design, Jazz Players, was probably the first example of a ‘Pop’ textile, whilst Laura’s simple hardwearing striped smocks, aprons and the easy to wear ‘basic dress’ would go on to become design classics. Furnishing fabrics by Laura and Bernard Ashley will be shown alongside ceramics by W.R Midwinter, jewellery by Wendy Ramshaw, textiles by David Whitehead, lighting by Bernard Schottlander, untouched makeup palettes and accessories by Mary Quant and myriad other ephemera, which will together create a comprehensive insight into the period.

SWINGING LONDON A Lifestyle Revolution runs from 8 February to 2 June at the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 ftmlondon.org

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Cirque du Soleil: Totem At spectacular showcase of circusy at Royal Albert Hall B y H E L E N B R OW N

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he circus is back in town with a spectacular celebration of humanity in all its forms. On an island evoking a giant turtle, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem traces the incredible journey of humankind from amphibian state to the present day - by way of an astonishing feat of flexibility, slick choreography, high-flying acrobats and gravity-defying circusy. Featuring Neanderthals, Cro-Magnons, primates and a couple of Speedo-clad beach machos, Totem depicts a world of archetypal characters, who, in each their own way, tease out the perennial, existential questions of life. The opening instantly captivates as a spangled man descends from the hall’s highest point. With slow grace, he twists and

The magic of circus reasserts itself: the most difficult things look easy turns his way to the stage in an impressive exhibition of flexibility. What follows is a smooth transition into tribal dancing, elemental drum rolling and a world created with a handful of hoops. The atmosphere is exciting; the music is dynamic – loud and Africa-inspired – and because this is the circus, evolution happens at breakneck speed. Next onto the stage comes the cohort of vain men in neon swimming trunks, kissing their own biceps and throwing a frisbee. This is an enjoyable

take on Cirque's clowns: these macho idiots, nonchalant in their sunglasses, swing on ropes to impress a woman who, with her skills on the trapeze, proves more than a match for either of them. The set switches to welcome a frieze of girls on unicycles who flip golden bowls at each other from their heads. It's Mother Earth performing the ultimate balancing act. In this impressive performance, and elsewhere throughout the show, the magic of circus reasserts itself: the most difficult things look easy. But Cirque du Soleil’s performers are so audacious there is always the risk you will take their courage for granted. One of the most enjoyable acts is on the fixed trapeze, where a man and woman have an unusually close encounter. The scene benefits from having a semblance of a narrative. Each act makes the audience believe they're watching the most impressive yet, but the 'ooh's and aah's build as the show goes in. It culminates with a final exploration into human flight as a troop of cosmonauts defeat the notion of gravity on bendy bars that throw them through the space above the stage. To conclude, all performers come together monkeys and all - for a final dance, before the spangled, silver man returns – inevitably and beautifully – to close the show.

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Dazzling, daring and dramatic. ★★★★★ C I R Q U E D U S O L E I L : TOT E M UNTIL 26 FEBRUARY Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7;

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ROUND UP

Best in SHOW Get the most out of London’s theatre scene with our top stage picks for the month By H E L E N B R O W N

MUST SEE

All About Eve From 2 February

NOEL COWARD THEATRE

Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, All About Eve is the chilling story of female jealousy and ambition made famous as the 1950 classic Bette Davis film. Directed by Olivier award-winning Ivo Van Hove and with new music by PJ Harvey, the play asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old. 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N; allabouteveplay.com

Home, I’m Darling Ongoing

DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE

Every couple needs a little fantasy to keep their marriage sparkling. But behind the gingham curtains, things start to unravel, and being a domestic goddess is not as easy as it seems. Katherine Parkinson of The IT Crowd and Humans fame plays Judy in this piercingly funny new comedy about one woman’s quest to be the perfect 1950's housewife. Upper Ground, Lambeth, SE1; national theatre.org.uk

Nine Night

NINE NIGHT

Until 9 February

TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

Natasha Gordon takes to the stage in the role of Lorraine as her debut play transfers from the National Theatre. Gloria is gravely sick. When her time comes, the celebration begins; the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake. But for her family, marking her death with a party is a test. Nine Night is a touching and funny exploration of the rituals of family by way of nine rum-fuelled nights of music, food and storytelling. 14 Whitehall, Westminster, SW1A; atgtickets.com

Only Fools & Horses: The Musical

Waitress

From 8 February ADELPHI THEATRE

Waitress is the toe-tapping musical adaptation of the hit 2017 film of the same name. It follows Jenna played by Katharine McPhee, a small-town waitress trapped in an abusive marriage but dreaming of escape - which she seeks to effect by winning the big bucks in a pie-making contest. Strand, WC2R; waitressthemusical.co.uk

ONLY FOOLS & HORSES: THE MUSICAL

From 9 February

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

John Sullivan’s iconic Only Fools and Horses has been turned into a brand new, West End musical spectacular. With a script and original score by John’s son, Jim Sullivan and comedy giant Paul Whitehouse, prepare to get reacquainted with Britain’s most loveable rogues and experience the classic comedy brought to life once again through 20 ingenious and hilarious songs. 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y; onlyfoolsmusical.com

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Zarvich’s embroidered tulle dress is part of the delicate and conceptual SS19 collection from this Uruguayan label. zarvich.com

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ana Rasoeva found luxury plus size women’s clothing uninspiring, which prompted her to launch a collection of elevated essentials. As a trained doctor, Nana has empathy and an understanding of the female form. This proved invaluable when she launched her second career, dedicated to creating wardrobe solutions for curvy women. Nana studied patternmaking and design at London College of Fashion. Together with one of the industry’s most experienced luxury pattern cutters she devised a way of using her knowledge to create clothes that are empowering and lend confidence. Honed to perfectly serve women with curves, the brand focuses on elegant, beautifully executed designs. Q Plus size isn’t normally design-led. Why is this? How are you making it work? A I strongly believe that style is about expressing yourself, and making sure you look

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I am not afraid of creating a strong silhouette or adding a bit of flounce that involves ingenious pattern cutting techniques and a preference for French seams. Finish is also hugely important. We use textures that feel soft and unrestrictive against the skin such as silk, viscose and wool mixes of the finest quality. Q You used to be a doctor – we’ve never encountered a doctor-turned- fashion designer before. How did this come about? A I started out as a gynaecologist and obstetrics doctor. After having my third child I put my career on hold and dedicated my time raising my boys and, as sometimes happens when you are a busy mum, I went up a couple of dress sizes. This, inadvertently, led me in a new direction. I have studied patternmaking and design at London College of Fashion. Together with one of the industry’s most experienced luxury pattern cutters I devised a way of using my knowledge to create clothes that are empowering and lend confidence. Q Were you always interested in fashion? In my early years I always had an interest in art and fashion. I had a good eye for proportions and my friends would always ask for my help and advice in putting outfits together. Q What has feedback been like so far? A Our customers were delighted to find us

and feel great regardless of size or age.I found plus size women’s clothing uninspiring, often shapless and made of cheap polyester. The more I continued to try and shop for luxury plus-size clothes, the more I realised they were nearly non-existent. I founded the brand to liberate women like myself with more options. I am not afraid of creating a strong silhouette or adding a bit of flounce. I think that sometimes women with curvy shapes are afraid of adding any volume anywhere, but it’s precisely a bit of volume in the right places - such as on the sleeve - that brings balance to the overall look.

because the choices for plus size clothing are so limited. They are emailing back to thank us for the quality of the clothes and for all the compliments they are receiving when wearing The Hour. We are getting repeat orders from our loyal customers from the UK, Europe, US and Middle East (they sometimes order two of the same item). We count Dawn French as our celebrity customer, she loved our Square Neck Dress.

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Q How do you approach tailoring? A Precision, proportion and careful

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FASHION • JEWELLERY

Heart’s desire Pieces you’ll love for Valentine’s Day

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FASHION • VALENTINE

DRAJEE Gold arrow drop earrings, £200 drajee.com

CHOCOLATE LIBERTINE Chocolate heart lolly, £4.49 selfridges.com

VICTORIA CATOR La Vie en Rose candle, £55 victoriacator.com

EDITOR’S PICK JO MALONE LONDON Valentine's day floral box, £140; selfridges.com

NATIVE UNION CLIC Terrazzo iPhone X case, £50; conranshop.co.uk

TIFFANY Ball wire bracelet, £1,400 tiffany.co.uk

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DIPTYQUE Centifolia, £53 diptyqueparis.com

POMMERY Brut Rose Royal gift box, £47.99 ocado.com

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With Chance Eau Tendre eau de parfum, Chanel perfumer Olivier Polge reinterprets the floral-fruity signature in a bold and intense adaptation. More feminine than ever, its floral heart accentuates the fullness of exotic jasmine absolute, enriched with an essence of rose. chanel.co.uk

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few years ago, the very notion of plastic surgery was taboo. Now it seems more and more people are on the hunt for a tweak here or an enhancement there. Procedures that give no down time, are less invasive and quicker to perform are on the up. We wanted to discover more about the quick-fixes and ‘tweakments’ changing the face of the industry. I’m at Lorena Öberg’s private clinic on Harley Street to see Lorena herself about dermal lip fillers. A world-renowned Skin Repair Expert, CEO and Founder of Lorena Öberg Skincare, I know I'm in good hands. She is an advocate in safetyfirst when it comes to non-invasive cosmetic treatments. Lorena tells me there are several types of filler on the market and different ones result in different looks. Lorena will be using Juverderm Vycross for a naturallooking plumped lip. The treatment is quick and completely pain-free. Lorena applies a mild anaesthetic cream to the area, followed by a dental block. Next, an incredibly fine needle is used to inject the filler. It takes no time at all and Lorena is meticulous in stepping back every few moments to assess the overall look. I see the results instantly and am very happy with them – my lips look pillowy soft but Lorena’s work is subtle. I hear that bruising can occur but I experience none and am thrilled with my new look. I can see why treatments like this become addictive and I would happily book in again. LO R E N A Ö B E R G , 1 Harley Street, W1G 9QD

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • SCENT

PERFUME

HOT STUFF Olfactory winter warmers B y M I C H A E L D O N OVA N

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ebruary is notoriously our coldest month and, as I write, it is predicted that the ‘Beast From The East’ will return to British shores. So to warm you up and leave your skin and nose aglow I thought it would be appropriate to suggest a collection of olfactory winter warmers. From woods and spices to amber-resinous scents, each and every one of these cosy fragrances will envelope you in a comforting, security blanket, adding an extra layer of defence against harsh winter chills. One of our best-selling, toasty perfumes is Amber by Laboratory Perfumes. We usually have a waiting list for this one once the temperatures plummet. The fragrance conjures a stroll along the East Anglia coastline, with fresh green notes of the diverse grasses carried by the breeze across the windswept plains of the Fens, adding energy and vitality. The heart, of woods and spices, delivers the gloves and scarf but it is the wool greatcoat of amber that really delivers a sense of rosy well-being. Labdanum is one of my favourite winter notes. A sticky resin obtained from a species of the rock rose, it was used in ancient Egypt and is mentioned in the Bible twice. It is also the main ingredient in the Amber perfumes. My favourite incarnation is Grey Labdanum by Abel, a 100% natural fragrance which utilises the dark incense to perfection. Combined with earthy patchouli and clary sage, plus a dash of winter sun in the form of bitter orange at the top, this is a smouldering scent of great quality. Feu Secret by San Franciscan Bruno Fazzolari imagines the secret fire of the alchemists: the elusive scent of iris root smoulders with spice, cedar and smoke in a transformative hidden blaze. Bright, joyful and ardent, this one makes your toes curl in the good way.

Chambre Noir by Olfactive Studio is a sultry and enigmatic fragrance that looks to the shadows for inspiration. Intense and slightly spicy, it's a deep, rich scent, redolent of leather, incense, and patchouli. With a lightly spiced opening of pink peppercorn in the top notes, the floral, smoky heart gently dies away and we are left with a classic base of musk and a striking vanilla accord. It’s daring and naughty - the 'Eyes Wide Shut' of fragrance! We are introducing a new collection called Bon Parfumeur from Paris this month. The range uses what we in the industry call ‘short formulae', which means that they are minimal in terms of the ingredients they use. I think less is more and simplicity can really work. It allows us to recognise and connect with almost all of the notes. 902 from this range uses coffee and armagnac over tobacco and cannelle to create a deliciously gourmand fragrance, it imagines a ski chalet before a roaring fire. The leather of the sofas and the pousse-café blend into a post-piste cloud of privilege and comfort. Berlin Im Winter from Baruti is a stunning scent that captures the energy and effusive welcome of the city. Cassis and mastic oil over iris, plum, frankincense and myrrh are hypnotising and a clever urban collation of whiskey with amber, tonka bean and leather would not be out of place at Soho House. Modern and moving. Finally the Dante-esque Fuoco Infernale or Hell Fire from Linari takes us to the very gates, with an enticing blend of carnation and labdanum, warm cinnamon, herbal marjoram and tar-like birch. A simple heart of bittersweet tonka bean and olibanum descend into a firy pit of spicy gurjan balsam, backed by clean white musk and premium atlas cedar, before meeting opulent ambergris for a luxurious and sophisticated finish. Devilish. February should be about indulgence so wrap yourselves up in a warm and wonderful fragrance - the olfactory equivalent of a toasted crumpet. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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HEALTH & BEAUTY • ACTIVE

FITNESS NOTES By H E L E N B R O W N

2019 FITNESS E V E N T S TO B O O K N OW

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PULLMAN LONDON ST PANCRAS X TRACK LIFE LDN performance running set to W ith be one of the biggest fitness trends of 2019, Pullman London St Pancras has teamed up with Track Life LDN to invite Londoners to train like an athlete. The monthly Running Club see attendees meet at Pullman London St Pancras for a pre-run warm up before heading to Regents Park, with a route that will take in a number of London’s iconic landmarks. 5 February 6:30pm – 9:00pm. To register, e-mail your name and telephone number to H5309-SL@accor.com. BRUNCH, YOGA AND BONNARD AT TATE MODERN Tate Modern is collaborating t with FRAME to host a morning Yin Yoga class and post-yoga brunch. Suitable for all levels, Yin Yoga invites you to embrace the natural daylight and breathtaking view overlooking St Paul’s and the Thames, before tucking into a healthy brunch. As part of the yoga and brunch package, there will be the opportunity to visit The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard. February 2 & 9; tate.org.uk LONDON LANDMARKS HALF MARATHON he London Landmarks Half t Marathon takes runners through both the City of London and the City of Westminster and is jam-packed with entertainment, music and cheer stations. In 2018, the inaugural event raised £4.98m for over 102 different charities. The target for 2019 is £6 million. 24 March 2019; llhm.co.uk 30 DAYS OF WELLNESS AT SOUTH PLACE HOTEL outh Place Hotel has curated a s ’30 Days of Wellness’ programme to keep your food and fitness goals on track throughout the cold winter months. Expect healthy non-alcoholic cocktails from Seeplip, inspirational talks and yoga, strength and flexibility classes guided by Oitoo Fitness. Follow @southplacehotel on Instagram for exclusive health and fitness tips, and to be in with a chance of winning 30 days of Wellness goodies each week; southplacehotel.com 

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weat It in Aldwych is one of the latest boutique gyms adding to London’s wellness landscape with its unfiltered, raw approach to functional training. The Sweat It approach combines targeted strength training with intervals on the treadmill. If you’ve ever been to Barry’s Bootcamp or 1Rebel, you’ll know the drill. However the equipment is more

high-tech, so first-timers are advised to get in early to catch a demonstration. The studio is centred around the mecca that is the bespoke functional rig, with a custom line up of equipment including landmines, free weights and resistance bands. The gym itself is a luxury, urban space lined with a fleet of treadmills. Each class works on speed, strength and endurance sessions with the promise to constantly

switch up the class content to ensure each muscle group is targeted. I’m here to try Engine Room, but I could have chosen from a range of inventively-named classes (Heart & Hustle, Machine Guns, Guts & Glory, Pillar Killer, Compound60). Engine Room is an explosive lower body session that works on the largest muscle group with speed and stamina. First up, it’s floor work. The landmine is a really effective piece of equipment and our coach is brilliant at ensuring we use it to its fullest potential. The session involves a range of weighted exercises including Hungarian split squats, lunges and deadlifts. With heavy legs we jump onto the treadmill where we complete interval sprints and hill climbs. We go through three rounds of this before leaving high on endorphins and pouring with sweat - the clue is in the name. This is a class that can torch fat and sculpt muscles. Sign us back up.

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MAREMMA BRIXTON

“I’ve always dreamed of bringing a bit of the Maremma to Brixton,” says founder Dickie Bielenberg. Opens this month. maremmarestaurant.com

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GRAPE news

TASTING NOTES

London’s food news and most exciting openings this February By FLORA THOMAS

Wine recommendations for the month By BERRY BROS. AND RUDD

2017 Côtes du Rhône Rouge  £11.45 Made with exclusively organic grapes, the wine displays real purity of dark-berried fruit, with subtle spicy notes and a black-olive twist that is so typical of this region. Its juicy fruit core is wonderfully balanced by refreshing acidity and crunchy, chalky tannins.

2016 Bourgogne Aligoté  £18.50 Pale in colour, this has a steely and mineral nose, offering some green apple aromas and a touch of cream. Ageing in old oak barrels gives a subtle hint of spice and some breadth to the palate, accompanying the precise acidity and chalky finish.

2015 Anthonij Rupert, L'Ormarins, Brut Rosé,  £19.95 Eye-catching faint salmon pink hue. Bubbles rise in a consistent vigorous, lively stream. Gentle berry notes on the nose – strawberry and raspberry with a slight cream and biscuit nuance. The palate is vibrant and lively with crisp berry fruit flavours. BERRY BROS. & RUDD Berry Bros. & Rudd is Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant, having traded from the same shop since 1698. Today the company also has offices in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, a Wine School and an exclusive fine wine and dining venue in St James's.

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Tuscany in Brixton MAREMMA

Brought to us by debut restauranteers Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg, Maremma arrives in Brixton this month. The menu champions the area’s produce and, in keeping with Italian tradition, it's split into four sections: Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dolci. What better way to lift yourself out of the winter gloom than with a (culinary) trip to Tuscany. 36 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 1PE maremmarestaurant.com

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FOOD & DRINK• NOTES Our pick of the best

VALENTINE'S HOT SPOTS

ANGLER

Sound bites

The renowned restaurant is serving a Valentine's tasting menu full of seafood treats. To start, enjoy a glass of rosé champagne alongside aged Beaufort and truffle gougeres. The final course involves a suitably pink Yorkshire rhubarb and Sable Breton with stem ginger and Greek basil. anglerrestaurant.com

DYSART PETERSHAM

Edible and audible treats are in store at Dysart Petersham this month. On 10 February guests at the family-owned and run restaurant will be graced by pianist Reinis Zariņš. The Head Chef and his team emphasise freshness, well-balanced flavours, ethical sourcing and country values. 135 Petersham Road, TW10 7AA thedysartpetersham.co.uk

BAR + BLOCK WIMBLEDON

The informal, all-day-dining restaurant arrives in Wimbledon on 6 February. While the focus is mainly on steaks, the rest of the menu draws inspiration from around the globe. The drinks list features some punchy South American wines and on-trend craft beers, which chime perfectly with the bare brick and neon design. 153-163 The Broadway, SW19 1NE barandblock.co.uk

4 5 J E R M Y N S T. The interiors at this award-winning restaurant set the scene for romantic dining with old-school glamour décor, low lighting and intimate booths. Don't miss the starter of oysters, the ultimate aphrodisiac. Go on to indulge in show-stopping mains like lobster spaghetti, flambéed tableside before guests eyes. 45jermynst.com

Barre & brunch

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If your dream weekend consists of a barre class followed by brunch, then you're in luck. Orrery has teamed up with Xtend to offer guests an hour-long class at the boutique fitness studio where they will be guided by founder Catie Miller. Post workout, it’s a short walk to Orrery, to enjoy a brunch carefully curated by Chef Patron Igor Tymchyschyn. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5RB orrery-restaurant.co.uk

Celebrate Parisian style at Greg Marchand’s intimate brasserie. The five-course tasting menu created for the evening lends itself perfectly to the romance of the day. For a sweet finish indulge in a special baked Alaska using Guittard chocolate as an indulgent Valentine’s Day treat. frenchiecoventgarden.com

Set to the backdrop of Battersea Park, The Oak SW11 launches this month, the fourth installment in a small but perfectly formed restaurant and bar group. Expect their signature pizzas and a stripped back cocktail menu. 39 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP theoaksw11.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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Squidgy organic carrot and courgette cake Moist and delicious – this easyto-make organic carrot and courgette cake will be a hit with your family and friends! Serves 14 (approx) Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 150g butter • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange • 3 large eggs, beaten • 340g plain flour • Pinch of salt • 1 rounded tsp bicarbonate of soda • 1 rounded tsp baking powder • 1 rounded tsp ground ginger • 225g light muscovado or soft brown sugar • 200g British organic carrots, peeled and grated • 150g courgettes, grated Frosting: • 200g low fat soft cheese • 1/2tsp vanilla extract • 1 small organic carrot, grated • 1tbsp light muscovado or soft brown sugar

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1 Preheat the oven to fan 180°C, fan oven 160°, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm square cake tin with baking paper, using a little butter. 2 Melt the remaining butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, without letting it get too hot. Remove from the heat, then add the orange juice and beaten eggs. Reserve the orange zest for the frosting. 3 Sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and ground ginger in a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar, organic carrots and courgettes, then add the melted mixture and stir together well. 4 Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a fine skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes, then turn out carefully. Cool completely on a wire rack. 5 Make the frosting by beating the low fat soft cheese, vanilla extract and reserved orange zest together. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Put the grated organic carrot into a frying pan with the sugar and heat gently to melt and caramelise. Cool, then scatter over the cake.

Cook’s tip: Keep the cake refrigerated, though serve at room temperature. You can freeze the cake for up to 2 months without the frosting. Use organic ingredients where possible.

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Spiced organic carrot and ginger soup This soup is super-simple to make, with just a few ingredients and three easy steps. Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 600g British organic carrots, peeled and chopped • 1 large onion, chopped • 2 celery sticks, sliced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 5cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated • 1tsp medium curry powder • 1.2 litres vegetable stock • 100g low fat soft cheese • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 4tbsp low fat plain yogurt

METHOD 1 Put the organic carrots, onion and celery into a large saucepan with the garlic, ginger, curry powder and stock. 2 Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. 3 Blend the soup to a puree using a hand-held stick blender, or transfer to a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth. Add the soft cheese and blend again until it is thoroughly mixed in. Reheat gently, and season to taste. 4 Serve, topped with a swirl of natural yogurt and a little extra black pepper.

Cook’s tip: Cover, cool and refrigerate the soup, using it within 3 days of making it, and re-heating it thoroughly when ready to serve. Use organic ingredients where possible.

Organic carrot, sage and taleggio risotto Creamy and comforting, there’s nothing quite like a delicious risotto! Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 2tbsp olive oil • 400g British organic carrots, peeled and cut into small cubes • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 350g risotto rice (arborio or carnaroli) • 200ml dry white wine • 1 litre hot vegetable stock • 1tbsp chopped fresh sage • 100g Taleggio cheese, cut into small chunks • 30g Parmesan cheese, finely grated • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Sage leaves and grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish

METHOD 1 Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or saucepan and add the organic carrots and onion. Cook gently, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add the rice and stir over a low heat for 2-3 more minutes, without browning. 2 Add the wine and let it bubble up for a moment or two. Pour in half the stock. Stir well, then cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3 Cook until the rice is tender, gradually adding the remaining stock, and stirring often. This will take a further 10-15 minutes. Check that the rice is done to your liking – it should be soft, with just a hint of ‘bite’. 4 Stir in the sage, Taleggio and grated Parmesan cheese. Check the seasoning, adding a little salt and pepper if needed. Serve, garnished with fresh sage leaves and grated Parmesan cheese, with a little extra black pepper.

Cook’s tip: If you like, serve the risotto with a few torn-up slices of Parma ham scattered over the top. You could use Brie instead of Taleggio cheese. Use organic ingredients where possible.

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Oaty organic carrot and oregano muffins These savoury muffins make a tasty home-from-school. Or why not pop one into a packed lunch? Serves 8 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Glazed organic carrot, feta and red onion tart It’s amazing how much f lavour there is in the not-so-humble organic carrot Serves 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 300g British organic carrots, peeled and cut into batons • 2 red onions, sliced • 1tbsp olive oil • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 sprigs thyme • 500g pack puff pastry • A little flour, for dusting • 1 small egg, beaten with 1tbsp water • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 4tbsp pesto sauce • 100g feta cheese • Rosemary or thyme sprigs, to garnish

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan oven 200°C, Gas Mark 7. 2 Put the organic carrots and onions into a roasting tin and add the olive oil, tossing to coat. Add the herb sprigs and roast for 20 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. 3 Meanwhile, roll out the pastry into a rectangle measuring approximately 35x25cm. Transfer to a lightly greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, score a border about 3cm from the edges of the pastry, without cutting right through. Brush this border with the beaten egg mixture. 4 Allow the organic carrots and onions to cool, removing the herb sprigs. Stir in the balsamic vinegar with a little salt and pepper and toss together. While the carrots are cooling, bake the pastry for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. 5 Gently press down the pastry within the border. Spread the pesto sauce over this area, then arrange the roasted carrots and onion on top. Crumble over the feta cheese and bake for a further 5 minutes. Serve, garnished with rosemary or thyme sprigs.

Cook’s tip: Use regular onions if you don’t have red ones. Use organic ingredients where possible.

• 125g butter, melted and cooled slightly • 2tbsp milk • 2 large eggs, beaten • 200g British organic carrots, peeled and grated • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour • 1tsp baking powder • 2tsp dried oregano or mixed dried herbs • 75g porridge oats • 1/2tsp salt

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 6. Line a muffin tin with 8 paper muffin cases or squares of baking paper. 2 Mix together the cooled butter, milk and eggs. Stir in the grated organic carrots. 3 In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, dried herbs, porridge oats and salt. 4 Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care that you don’t over-mix. Share the mixture between the muffin cases and bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook’s tips: The secret of successful muffins is to avoid over-mixing the wet and dry ingredients. Freeze some of the muffins in a freezer bag or box – they will keep for up to 3 months. Use organic ingredients where possible.

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ABSOLUTELY eats out…

“This restaurant should be considered among the top dog”

Arlo’s Balham

FOOD Steak, burgers and veggie options

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rlo’s in Balham was founded on a simple passion: a lifelong love of beef. Having dined at Smith & Wollensky, Hawksmoor and Flat Iron recently, I can say with confidence that this friendly restaurant should be considered among the top dogs. Coupled with its neighborhood feel, Arlo’s has achieved harmony by balancing relaxed dining and exceptionally high quality ingredients. The interior keeps in line with the menu, it’s unpretentious but deeply inviting. We begin with a couple of classic cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a Dry Martini while we peruse the

DECOR menu. Arlo’s boasts a large selection of steaks. After some deliberation we opt for bavettes: one 220g and the other 500g. For an extra kick I pair it with the signature Burning Bear sauce. Both dishes come with the superb addition of a trencher, something of a rarity these days; fire-crisped grilled sourdough served underneath the carved bavette provides ample mopping-up-thejuices opportunity. Both tender and lean, the dish bursts with flavour, they’re juicy and melt in the mouth. With all respect to Arlo’s, to find this offering so far from the high end city banker favourites in and around central London is a rarity. Arlo’s steaks are delicious in their own

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PRICE Starters from £4 Steak from £14

VERDICT High-quality steak in a fuss -free setting

right, but the experience wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the wide selection of sides to accompany the meat. We order some for the table: spiced halloumi, which has been cooked in ginger and red chilli, smoky chorizo and a tomato salad. Beautifully light and incredibly moorish, we order a second hallmoui for good measure. We wash the feast down with a welcome glass of Malbec and the fantastic Curious Brew beer. I couldn’t leave without attempting the ice cream Eton mess, a vibrant and colourful bowl of delectable sweetness. The coolness from the ice cream was just what we needed after a meat-heavy meal. Going into Arlo’s, I knew I would be getting a succulent steak, yet I left pleasantly surprised: there is so much more to this steakhouse than that. For a restaurant that, perhaps surprisingly, caters to veggies and vegans as well as meat lovers, it’s the ultimate place to catch up with friends and know you will be getting a fabulous and filling meal to boot. A R LO S B A L H A M 1 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QX

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DRINKS CABINET

What to drink and how to drink it

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Along with Dandelion and Burdock Root, Manchester's award-winning signature gin is made up of ten other specially sourced botanicals including orange and lemon, liquorice and ground almond. There's also a delicious raspberryinfused version in pink. manchestergin.co.uk

Bruno Michel champagne This deliciously fresh Champagne perfectly expresses its complexity on the palate as an outstanding organic cuvée, loved not only for its elegant ruby colour but also for its beautiful, full aromas with hints of strawberry, redcurrant, cherry and raspberry.

Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve N.V This stylish and powerful Rosé Réserve Champagne, full-bodied in the Charles Heidsieck style, retains an elegance that makes this a delicious drink. Alongside the rich smoothness there are aromas of strawberry, pomegranate, wild rose and apple blossom.

VIVA ITALIA F R A N C I AC O R TA

Less well-known than Prosecco is Franciacorta, the Italian fizz from Lombardy that's vastly superior to its more popular sibling. Made in the traditional method, Franciacorta's Ferghettina Rose is fruity and light with notes of cherry. £26.95;

De Venoge Louis XV Rose Millesime 2006 Champagne

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SPIRIT OF LOVE CÎROC

CÎROC invites you to add a little extra to your Valentine’s celebrations this year with a CÎROC Vodka limited-edition design for the big day. The design is available in CÎROC Red Berry which oozes aromatic fresh berry flavours with a smooth and silky finish. £45 getitinkd.com

This vintage rose Champagne is full of vibrant red currant and wild berry flavours. Cherries and almonds emerge in the aftertaste making it a delightfully structured champagne from the Grand Cru region. THE CHAMPAGNE GURU The Champagne Guru is a champagne and food pairing expert, specialising in hosting special champagne events in luxurious surroundings.

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Mini Moderns’ new wallpaper collection, Culture! draws on the design duo’s love of mid-century art design and architecture. Pictured is Lucky Lantern, a Chinese lantern design, inspired by the Eastern styles prevalent in the aesthetic movement as displayed in the Geffrye Museum’s 1890 drawing room. minimoderns.com

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Ideas, designs and styles for your home By PENDLE HARTE

M ATC H UPS IITTALA

Iittala's Raami is a new tableware collection designed by Jasper Morrison.The carefully composed pieces in ceramic, glass and wood are intended to work together to promote a good atmosphere at the table. iittala.com

IN SHAPE EMMA LACEY

Emma Lacey designs and makes ceramic tableware from her studio in North London. Most work is currently hand thrown using a fine stoneware clay and then assembled, manipulated or finished to take into account the tactility and function of the piece. conranshop.co.uk

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TOP PA S T E L S A selection of our favourite pieces EDITOR’S PICK

SCHNEID STUDIO Eikon Shell lamp, £326 connox.co.uk

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MILO MADE CERAMIC S

This large sculptural ceramic jug with a circular black handle detail and a white glazed inner and unglazed outer design is designed and made by Hackney's Milo Made Ceramics and stocked at nearby A New Tribe, £120 anewtribe.co.uk

GOOD DESIGN WORKS Concrete desk clock, £25 hurnandhurn.com

Highstreet staple OLiver Bonas is currently stocking a beautiful collection of ceramics and tableware. We love the Tarina blue pieces for their stylish curves and bautiful packaging. oliverbonas.com

WALL SAUCE Pastel wallpaper mural, £26 per m2 wallsauce.com

DANETTI Senn chair, £39 danetti.com

PLANT LIFE ALBERT & MOO Memphis plant pot, £11 albertandmoo.com

LAPUAN KANKURIT

SUE PARKINSON

Artificial houseplants are a huge trend right now and Sue Parkinson's assorted green succulents is an attractive and entirely maintenance-free addition to any window ledge or shelf. sue-parkinson.con

Sade print towel, £53 lapuankankurit.fi

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My Style ZO E A N D E RS O N , FOUNDER O F S H O R E D I TC H I N T E R I O R S B O U T I Q U E WA G R E E N wagreen.co.uk

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF ART… For scale and colour The Snail by Henri Matisse – if I ever need a pick me up I’ll nip into the Tate Modern to say hi to it. It always restores me.

MY FAVOURITE DESIGNER… Don’t make me pick! Tina Vaia is pretty special. She makes huge planters. She has a really refined understanding of colour and combined with the scale of her pieces this makes her work interesting.

MY SIGNATURE SCENT…

M Y ST Y L E IC ON... CO Elizabeth Taylor in her kaftan era.

Byredo Oud Immortel is my current obsession. It’s a great scent for the winter as it reminds me of hot summer nights. Abd El Kader by Cire Trudon is my go-to year round scent in the home. We spray the room spray in the store and the beautiful smell lasts all day. If I have a party I’ll spritz the whole house in it. For the depth of winter you can’t beat Ernesto by Cire Trudon.

MY FAVOURITE PIECE FROM MY CURRENT COLLECTION… Obviously, I love everything but I think it has to be the new Utopia Hip Hop Jars by Jonathan Adler. They are such fun pieces and would look incredible absolutely anywhere in the house.

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION IS… California. The coastline is stunning and Palm Springs in the desert is just so much fun.

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IN A NEW BOOK ON LIVING IN SMALL SPACES, STYLISH LAURA FULMINE SHOWS OFF HER COLOURFUL YET DIMINUTIVE EAST LONDON FLAT

ive in a small apartment but love color? Take inspiration from interior designer and stylist Laura Fulmine, who used an expertly executed palette of rich shades to define the different areas of her 57 m2 (614 ft2) apartment, which is located in a turn-of-the-century mansion block in east London. “Creating different identities for each room makes the flat feel like a much bigger space,” explains Fulmine, who lived in the apartment for two years before decorating it and let the trajectory of the sun inform the colors she chose. Now, a luxurious green provides the backdrop for a mix of collected treasures in the living room, while the cheerful study is painted in a heritage pink. The bedroom, which gets the least light, features a restful dark blue, while the bathroom and kitchen are bright white to make the most of the morning sun.

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A classic look with modern technology. The Aste wood burning stove is DG’s newest addition to the family of exceptional high quality stoves. The robust cast iron door helps to retain the fires heat, whist the steel body gets the heat into the room quicker. DEFRA approved for smokeless zones and Eco design ready with an A+ efficiency the DG Aste is the perfect stove for the environmentally conscious consumer.

heat, whist the steel body gets the heat into the room quicker. This stove is Defra approved for smokeless zones and eco-design ready with an A+ efficiency, making the DG Aste is the perfect stove for the environmentally conscious consumer. Established for over 25 years and remaining a successfully running family business with many satisfied clients, Grate Expectations offers the assistance required in choosing your fire giving you piece of mind and complete satisfaction on your purchase.

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P R I VAT E l i v e s Everyone has their dream space in this London house designed by Yoko Kloeden

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oko Kloeden Design has recently completed the interior design and decoration of a 1930s three-story terrace house in southwest London. The clients, a couple who both work in finance with two young children, completed a major house renovation including the ground floor rear extension and loft conversion when they moved into the house; however, having moved from a one-bed flat and both working full-time, they still didn’t feel at home a year later as most of the rooms were still bare and underused. After having interviewed five interior designers, the couple engaged Yoko and her team. The brief was to pull the family together in the open-plan family area, while the husband and wife each have a break-out room that reflects their individual needs and personalities. Yoko and her team used colours and textures to express each individual’s style while giving a practical solution for the young family. The result is an elegant and contemporary family home that still feels comfortable and practical while everyone has a space of privacy and aspiration . ‘Knowing that our clients now have a home they will enjoy for decades to come keeps us going every day‘, says Yoko. The clients embraced dark and moody colours and their bold choice of colours starts with the hallway. With the inky blue colour as a background, Yoko selected an abstract landscape painting that reflects the clients’ love of nature but in a contemporary and stylized expression. Slender frames and legs of powder-coated steel furniture give a chic and airy appearance. A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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INTERIORS • HOUSE TOUR The bespoke kitchen from Wooden Horse London was designed to fit the space with lots of storage. A marble island takes centre stage and plain white surfaces were chosen for other cabinets and worktop to let the island stand out. The dining table and chairs sit at the centre of the open-plan area and they had to be elegant, understated, and unique. A bespoke live edge oak dining table with classic Wishbone chairs demonstrates the philosophy of using real materials and understated elegance. The family includes two children under three, so the space had to be practical and safe without compromising on sophisticated aesthetics. Yoko schemed the area around two key features – a framed artwork of bespoke wallpaper from Calico Wallpaper and a bespoke media unit made of black stained oak with brass detailing. She says: ‘In Japan, we have a culture of developing taste buds at a very early age. The concept of kids menus in restaurants is nowhere as ubiquitous as here in the UK as people believe babies and toddlers need to eat real foods that adults eat. In the same way, children need to grow up with real materials to develop their senses. Family rooms shouldn’t be all about wipeable surfaces.’’ The bespoke rug is made of soft jute that is hardwearing but soft to crawl on. Coffee tables of different sizes are made of mango wood. Yoko’s team designed a media unit that consists of low units to store children’s books and toys and a slim tall unit to store files etc. The starting point of for the reception room, also as known as ‘Her Room’, was an Art Deco-inspired drinks cabinet bought by

the client at the beginning of the project. This is her grown-up haven where she winds down with a glass of wine after the children are finally asleep, where she entertains her friends on weekends and during her maternity leave. Yoko custom-made a Millennial pink velvet sofa and selected an artwork from a Sydney-based British artist Caroline Collom to anchor the colour palette. The team filled the room with sumptuous, tactile and real materials such as marble, brass, steel, velvet, wool and sourced indoor plants to liven up the room. ‘His Room’ is referred to as the ‘games room’ and this is where her husband winds down by playing a computer game at the end of his long day at his demanding job in finance. Originally a garage, it is the smallest living room and he opted for the darkest shade of grey to feel cozy and cocooned as he uses ‘His Room’ mostly in the evenings. A Fornasetti mural makes a perfect backdrop and the rich moss green of the velvet sofa pops against the dark walls. The newly converted loft houses a master bedroom with an ensuite shower room. The wall behind the bed hides a walk-in wardrobe and dressing table. Here again, the inky blue was chosen for the calm and serene haven. Dreamy white waves and a dawn sky of a photography art shot on a remote beach in Iceland sums up the mood. The alcove above the bed is a practical alternative to a pair of bedside tables in this tight space.

Children need to grow up with real materials to develop their senses. Family rooms shouldn’t be all about wipeable surfaces

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ANIMAL MAGIC FERM LIVING Ferm Living's new kids' collection features London-based, internationally renowned illustrator Katie Scott. In her wallpaper collection she explores the balance of wildlife and nature in her three designs: Shells, Trees, and Animals. fermliving.com

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Open Mornings

Regular open mornings from January 2019 at ACS Cobham and ACS Egham. Register at

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PACK UP AWAY

Away's brilliant wheelie cases are some of the best on the market – strong, easy to manoeuvre, full of clever interior details and even nice to look at. And best of all, there's a special kids version of the Carry On, which comes in a variety of colours with a shorter handle and a built-in charger for their inevitable devices. awaytravel.com

SMALL TALK Cases for tots, Berlin fashion, book reviews and lots of Lego

ECO CHIC MONKIND

Ask the husband and wife duo behind Berlin-based brand MONKIND what inspired them to launch their own clothing label and they’ll tell you that they wanted to prove that sustainability can be stylish. Mostly made from GOTS certified organic cotton, we love the simple shapes, muted colour palette and design-led prints. monkind.com

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pening at the Horniman Museum this month is Brick Wonders, an interactive exhibition of Lego structures. Incorporating 500,000 bricks, the creations include amazing wonders from around the world, from an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station. More than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Visitors can build their own brick wonders in interactive play areas – including a graffiti wall, a tower-building challenge, a magnetic mosaic puzzle and big bricks for little hands – and the exhibition includes a mini-cinema showing short Lego animations.

 Brick Wonders runs from 16 February to 27 October at the Horniman Museum, 100 London Road SE23; horniman.ac.uk

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Ross Welford’s fourth novel takes an astonishing sci-fi concept and explores how it might actually work in the ordinary world. It's an exciting read for anyone aged 10+. £6.99;

Why won't Cymbeline's mum let him go swimming? Something has happened in the past but what is it? This award-winning book for ages 10+ takes a sad story and makes it entertaining, funny and charming. £6.99;

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enius or challenged – being left-handed still singles you out for labels. Parents of any child who favours left may be concerned that their offspring will have a bumpier journey, with more obstacles to overcome, because – let’s face it – the world is designed for right-handers. Parents are likely to have read eagerly the stories of famous southpaw creatives – Picasso and Einstein, et al – and read (less eagerly) that left-handers have a lower life expectancy. Misinformation is still common and both of the above widely circulated stories are not true, according to Professor Chris McManus, author of Right Hand, Left Hand.

McManus, Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at UCL, has a long-term interest and academic specialisation in handedness and lateralisation (the study of left and right brain functions). He devotes a whole chapter of his book to some of the more persistent myths surrounding left-handedness. Picasso and Einstein were both extensively photographed during their lives and every photo shows both to be right-handed, and with no other recorded evidence to suggest otherwise. Today most estimates of left-handedness place it at around ten per cent of the population. The increase is put down to a societal shift – left-handedness is no longer a source of shame in most societies so most children are not ‘retrained’. Lefthandedness was once closely associated

with otherness, even witchcraft, but if you imagine that idea had vanished by the 20th century, then think again. The English Dialect Survey, conducted on living subjects between 1950-61, unearthed only two terms for right-handed (one of which was right-handed), as opposed to at least 87 distinct dialect terms for left-handers. Many were obscene or scatological. Others, such as southpaw – which looks to have first emerged in Cumbria rather than on the baseball field or boxing ring – tap into the idea of ‘not from around here’. While the left-hander largely escapes negative labels today, parents who are investigating what being a ‘leftie’ means for their child’s future would be wise to read around the sources with a sceptical mind. Inaccurate information and dubious A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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methodologies are still out there. Implied causal links between left-handedness and illness or cognitive/development issues are unproven and raise more questions than answers. What we can be certain of is that the incidence is currently somewhat higher in boys (around five boys to every four girls). The first concern for most parents of lefthanded children is development of writing skills. Children typically start to display hand preference by the age of two. In early years settings, the current practitioner focus is on all the fine motor skills. Dr Paulette Luff, Course Leader for the MA in Early Childhood Education at Anglia Ruskin University, says it’s about a head down approach. “It’s not just about hand

“Most children start to display their hand preference by around the age of two, but it can take longer to show a dominant hand”

dominance, but also arm and foot.” She also suggests we may be in danger of labelling children too early – they may take a while to show a dominant hand. So, early-years settings should offer a range of equipment so they can watch how children interact with it and let them experiment. “Children try to do things like the people around them, so sensitivity and awareness of all possible differences are key. Children who are struggling can be encouraged to try the other hand,” says Luff. “Part of the problem is that children are taught to write when their fine motor skills are still developing”. Mark Stewart of Left ’n Write, a lefthanded shop in Worcester, believes we are not doing enough. He and his wife Heather, a

teacher, have created handwriting practice books and guides, delivering courses and advice to individuals, schools and early years settings as well as retailing lefthanded equipment. Their work grew out of a quest to find functioning scissors for their “very left-handed” son. They have campaigned via their MP to get more information on teaching left-handers included within the teacher-training curriculum. Stewart is particularly exercised by writing. He says: “It takes five to ten minutes to sort out a good technique and correct grip”. Children have come from as far afield as London for his guidance – his oldest pupil was in her late 60s, and she had never been taught how to use a pen left-handed. Here, I should declare my own hand – left – and my recollection that even in my dim and distant schooldays at a small rural primary school I had lots of guidance. So teachers have long been helping lefthanders overcome their individual learning challenges – although there’s no doubt some have slipped through. Katie Paynter, Head of Pre-Prep and SENCO lead at St Nicholas Prep, says that today left-handedness is often handled by SENCO staff as they have specialist training, and know the adaptations that help. The good news for parents, she says, is that these small changes are easy to implement. The most important part of school and home support is to ensure children are encouraged to experiment, rather than made to feel awkward or different.

4 really simple aids for left-handers Sitting on the left so they don’t bump elbows with their classmates • Slanting paper to stop smudges – a writing mat may help • Specially designed pencils and pens – and a left-handed nib for fountain pens • Left-handed craft scissors – so they can see what they are cutting out

* Anything Left-Handed; anythinglefthanded.co.uk. Left ’n Write; leftshoponline.co.uk. Right Hand, Left Hand by Chris McManus (Phoenix, 2002).

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hen I tell my Austrian friend proudly that we’re going to the place where they filmed James Bond, I’m expecting her to know exactly where I mean. She doesn’t: “Oh they filmed Bond all over the place.” It’s true that a lot of Austrian ski resorts show off about their 007 connections, but nowhere apart from Sölden has a special Bond museum built at 3,000 metres at the exact location of much of the action in Spectre. And nowhere else has a glass cube structure at its highest peak, housing a restaurant with a Tom Dixon interior and spectacular 360 degree views. For Austria, Sölden is prime Bond territory. But that’s not really why we came. Sölden is an alpine resort in the Tyrol’s Otztal Valley, south of Innsbruck and near the Italian border. Nearby Obergurgl is a popular

ski area for British people, but Sölden, home to the skiing World Cup opener, is more popular with Dutch and German skiiers. In the summer it’s quieter but there’s still a lot to be said for it, and not just the low season rates, the vast beauty of the landscape, the clarity of the air and the enormous range of activities. We are here as a family with two daughters aged 12 and 9 and the family suite at Das Central is perfect: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cosy seating area, two balconies. Half-board means breakfast and dinner every day, and they seat you at the same table every time, which instantly makes you feel like a regular. Staff wear traditional dirndls and the buffet breakfasts are as huge and generous as you would imagine. It’s all wooden chaletstyle with a contemporary slant. One of the best things about staying here is that you are automatically issued with a Premium Card for the region, which allows you free or discounted entry to so many things that there’s a weighty booklet to list them all. Ski lifts, swimming pools, mountain bike school, public transport, museums. We pledge to try everything. On day one we turn up bright and early at Bike Republic, the mountain bike centre where we are introduced to an instructor from the Ride On bike school, who promises that we’ll be speeding down the mountain after a bit of gentle practice on the town’s pump track. Her three-year old daughter can do it, she says. We are confident urban cyclists: we’re sure we’ll be fine. The pump track looks small but quickly it becomes clear that in our family at least, fear levels are directly proportional with age. The nine year-old is entirely comfortable with tight hairpin bends and a tilt that leaves her knee perilously close to the ground, while the adults are significantly less comfortable, and A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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In our family at least, fear levels are directly proportional with age less nimble. We struggle to get around the track. Still, an hour in and we are ready to take our bikes into the cable car and up: a fortifying plate of dumplings at the middle station’s Tirolerstube prepares us for a steep and bumpy downhill bike ride. Taking our positions: standing up in the saddle, forefingers only on the brakes, knees bent, we hurtle down the path with varying degrees of confidence at speeds that range

from fast to hypersonic, or at least feel that way. We are proud of ourselves Day two: let’s go to Italy. It’s only about 70km from Sölden to Merano but the drive is likely to take more than two hours over the spectacular Timmelsjoch mountain pass. Open only during the snow-free months between April and October, this is one of the world’s most beautiful roads, twisting and turning to reveal ever-more impressive vistas and countless viewpoint stops. In the light of our mountain biking experience we admire all passing cyclists – the ascent looks calf-wrenchingly impossible, the freewheeling descent terrifying. Despite the intense beauty, it is a long drive, especially when you know that you need to be back before the road closes at 8pm. We drive into beautiful Merano, which is German-speaking despite being well into Italy (the South Tyrol retains a strong Austrian identity that defies the border). Finding a lovely public pool, we spend happy hours on the slides and diving boards, enjoying the views of mountains around us. We drive back before the curfew, happy not to have to tackle the mountainous terrain in the dark. There’s some rain the next day so we head to the Aqua Dome, a vast indoor and outdoor swimming world that features heated outdoor pools (rain no problem) as well as a saltwater pool, a pool with a strong current, some amazing waterslides (one, a dark hole, even shows a live broadcast of its current inhabitant on a screen) and lots of indoor sun loungers. But the best watersports activities in the area are to be found at Area 47, a large lake near a rapid river where you can try out all the watersports you’ve ever heard of, as

well as many that you haven’t. So there’s blobbing (hilariously), and canonball, wakeboarding and more slides than we’ve ever seen, some of them improbably high. There’s a slackline across the lake which we happily fall off repeatedly, a climbing wall from which you can fall into the water and a restaurant terrace allowing great views over everything. We spend the whole morning entering and exiting the water by different means before assembling for our rafting afternoon. We are kitted out in full body wetsuits with boots, hats and life vests and given a detailed introductory talk (the instructor is English; most staff here are students who have found the best summer job ever) and we set off down the river, 12 of us all clinging to our paddles (it's a 50 euro fine for each lost one) and shrieking with laughter as we cascade down the river. It’s the most fun we’ve had as a family in a long time (or certainly since mountain biking). We were having so much fun that we’d almost forgotten about James Bond. Our last day dawns misty and significantly cooler: we don layers and head up in the high tech gondola all the way to the top. At 3,000 metres the Ice-Q, the glass structure that so impressed Spectre’s location scouts, is impressive and next to it is a new concrete bunker that’s home to the museum. It’s a high tech exhibit focusing on the history of Bond and the creative feats involved in making the films. Enthusiasts will love it, and it’s accessible for the less obsessed too. So whether you’re a 007 disciple or not, and whether you ski or not, there are many reasons to visit the Otztal.

DA S C E N T R A L H OT E L Das Central Hotel, Sölden, Austria has double rooms available from €153 per person/ per night (summer) and from €200 per person / per night (winter), based on two people sharing on a half board basis. central-soelden.com

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short flight from London, it’s easy to see why Dublin is a popular city break destination. Convenient to get to, compact enough to explore by foot and rich in history, this gregarious city offers its visitors a wealth of attractions including churches, museums, a thriving restaurant scene and over 1,500 bars packed into its snug streets. Whether you’ve a proclivity for a pint of the black stuff or not, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse is a must. This seven-storey journey begins at the bottom of the world’s biggest pint glass and ends with a perfectly-poured pint in the world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. We also explore Phoenix Park - one of the world’s largest city parks - take a walk through the Temple Bar district to find great pubs and live music and take a sneak peak around Dublin Castle.

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f impeccable service and being really close to Dublin’s city centre are your top priorities when it comes to accommodation then The Westbury Hotel will be right up your street. Set between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green, this 5 star hotel was voted Number 1 Hotel in Ireland at the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. On the doorstep lies Grafton Street, revered

for its colour, street artists and luxury shopping, while the vibrant network of streets filled with lively bars, restaurants and independent shops that is Dublin’s Creative Quarter, is just a short stroll away. The hotel is opulent without being too extravagant; a sense of ease and informality is brought about through stately hues of cream and light grey, wood pillars and swathes of light drawn in from wide bay windows. Rooms are expansive and fitted with a Nespresso coffee machine, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, crisp linens, a duck down duvet and a wide screen TV.

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ne of the factors we consider every time we consider getting rid of the car is the awfulness of car hire offices. Living in London, most of our daily journeys are by tube, foot or bike, all of them passing our unused yet cash-guzzling car. Our weekly supermarket haul is delivered, our babysitters sent home via Uber. And with new emission charges looming, we’re not the only ones to be asking ourselves whether owning a car is even worth it, once we’ve paid for parking, petrol, insurance, road tax and the never-ending maintenance costs. If we had a smart meter ticking away to reveal the daily tally on our stationary, guilty diesel-burning Mercedes, we’d probably be horrified. But we do like weekends away. We went to Wales last month; we’re going to Norfolk later this month and to Cornwall at Easter, and we’ll need to drive. If we ditched the Merc, we’d be in those terrible car hire offices filling in the frightening forms and forgetting the annoying DVLA code far more often than anyone could bear. Or would we? Newcomer to the UK car hire market is Virtuo, an app that’s already revolutionising our approach to car hire. The idea is to abolish the car hire office (so no queueing at the airport or arriving late to find it closed)

We’re not the only ones asking ourselves whether owning a car is even worth it and allow you to book a car through your phone, using a single account. All your details are stored after you first use the app, so booking a car repeatedly is easy. Choose your dates and times, add more mileage if you need, another driver, insurance – all pricing is clearly laid out. The whole thing is easy in fact, particularly when you know how (psychologically, controlling a car through an app takes some getting used to). We book an A-Class Mercedes to be

picked up from an underground car park in Kensington (there are five pick-up points in London: Kensington, Kings Cross, Marble Arch, Stratford, Victoria and Waterloo) and a series of texts keeps us updated; the number plate and exact location are revealed a couple of hours before pickup. The main thing is the total absence of any key. My phone connects to the car as we approach it, unlocking it and running through a straightforward damage report. To start it up, you place your phone in its docking station and press the dashboard’s start button. The phone is charging as we drive but still, we feel slightly uneasy relying so heavily on a phone battery. What if it dies while we stop for lunch and we can't get back in the car? They’ve thought of that, obviously. The key function can be transferred to a keycard, and there are three of those for extra backup – or for valet parking, say. This is a brand new A Class Mercedes, hardly any miles on the clock, and it drives like a dream. What a treat. The return is seamless – just park it where you found it and press return on your phone. Bingo. And now that we’ve done it once, we’re set up forever – the network covers airports and stations throughout France and is set to grow throughout the UK too. Maybe we’ll finally get rid of the car. govirtuo.com A B S O L U T E LY. L O N D O N

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asseria San Domenico is a fivestar hotel close to the village of Savelletri in Puglia, set back 500m from the Adriatic coast. A typical Puglian masseria, it is is part farmhouse, part castle - the main building dates back to the 14th century when its watch tower was used by the Knights of Malta as fortification against Saracen attack. Surrounded by 60 acres of ancient olive groves and orchards, the masseria has been faithfully restored and opened as a hotel in 1996. It is now a grown-up - no under 12 year olds - and visually dramatic place to be; its buildings a mix of the Moorish, Greek and Italian influences that Puglia is famous for. Stark white stone buildings and towers are interconnected by a series of arched passageways and spacious, open piazzas. To the south is the Adriatic, viewed over a sea of ancient olive trees; to the north the scenic Appenines. The hotel doesn’t always wear its history lightly - waitresses for lunch under dappled vines wore cod peasant outfits that seemed

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here are 40 rooms and suites at San Domenico and, as you would expect for a five-star hotel that belongs to the Leading Hotels of the World group, each one is spacious and luxurious with every comfort and mod con possible, plus the obligatory vast bed. Our Junior Garden Suite had double doors leading to a patio area that looked over olive groves. With two sun beds and blazing Puglian sun, it meant there was little temptation to go far beyond the room. The decor in the room, and throughout the hotel seemed a little dated, heavy brocades and furniture, possibly more akin to a Scottish hunting lodge than a Puglian hotel. A cleaner, more modern feel to the rooms would have seemed more suitable, but perhaps this was in keeping with the ‘luxury’ hotel tag.

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he hotel has a large and well run Spa and Thalassotherapy Centre. Thalassotherapy is based on the ancient traditions of using seawater to purify and detoxify and the spa treatments are based on the essential elements of the thalassotherapy and the beneficial properties of the olive oil. I enjoyed the ‘jewel in the crown’ treatment - an olive oil wrap with chromotherapy. This involved being scrubbed with the masseria’s own awardwinning olive oil scrub and being wrapped in an olive oil lipogel while lying on a heated bed which changed colour. The wrap left my skin feeling silky and deeply nourished. I am yet to be convinced about the health benefits of a colour changing sun bed, however. Many of the olive-oil based beauty products used at the spa are made by the estate. They are available to buy as well as being in all the rooms. The olive-oil shower gel in particular is delicious, a rich, fragrant smell that is perfect for a morning wake-up call.

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here are many eating options at Masseria San Domenico. Breakfast is a vast buffet affair which you can eat inside or outside on one of the terraces. It was an international breakfast option with all bases covered from cereals to cold meats and even cake was on offer. I was aghast that there was no burrata, the typical creamy Pugliese mozzarella that I have always eaten for breakfast in Puglia. Lunch is al fresco by the pool; the hotel offers a Mediterranean Diet for the health conscious. It is a low-calorie option that

Masseria San Domenico is a grown-up and visually dramatic place to be doesn’t stint on taste, using the best of the Medierrranean style of cooking that is renowned worldwide for its healthiness; so there was lots of fish, vegetables and fruit to eat. Dinner is eaten in the masseria’s vaulted 18th-century dining room. It’s very beautiful but the high ceiling and vast space makes for a strange eating atmosphere. Convivial it isn’t. The dinner menu offers some traditional Apulian dishes with the emphasis on seasonally available ingredients accompanied by a wide selection of regional wines. Vegetables and home-grown products such as olive oil and fruit are grown or produced in San Domenico’s own land and fresh fish and shellfish come straight out of the Adriatic. Another high season option is La Nassa, the hotel’s restaurant at its private beach. It was closed when we visited in September but in the summer months it offers visitors seafood recipes done the local way including crudo di mare (raw), the ancient Apulian tradition of eating slices of raw fish served as a tartare or carpaccio. We were sad to miss it.

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he nearby beach - San Domenico a Mare - is reserved for hotel guests. And as well as the spa, the hotel has two tennis courts, a modern gym and an 18-hole golf course. You can also discover the local villages by bike. A few miles inland are the medieval città bianche (white towns) of Ostuni, Locorotondo and Martina Franco, medieval hilltop towns in the Itria Valley. Further afield is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello famous for its 1,500 iconic trulli, the ancient, cylindrical houses that Puglia is renowned for.

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asseria San Domenico is a fabulous place for a grown-up, indulgent holiday. It felt a little ‘vanilla’ however, striving to cover every base for an international hotel crowd. There’s no doubting it’s a luxurious experience but if you want something a little more authentic, a little more Puglian, this might not be the place for you.

T H E D E TA I L S Masseria San Domenico offers a 7-night stay from £1,995 per person when booked with Elegant Resorts 01244 897294; elegantresorts.co.uk • Price based on two people sharing a Deluxe Double Room including breakfast, economy flights, private transfers and UK Airport lounge passes. Based on May 2019

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Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 A handsome Grade II listed Victorian house, beautifully presented and finished to a very high standard. • Set behind a gated drive • Dual aspect reception rooms • 55 ft landscaped garden with a patio area • Prime location in Clapham Old Town

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Guide price £2,850 per week

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ollowing extensive refurbishment over the last few years, this exceptional four bedroom property is the ideal family home. The property offers just over 1,600 sq ft of exceptional living space with a double reception room, extended kitchen, four double bedrooms with master en-suite and a landscaped garden. Set in a prime location near Earlsfield, Southfields and Wimbledon Park.

his handsome Grade II listed Victorian home has been finished to an exacting standard throughout, and has superb entertaining space. Set behind a gated drive, the property is in prime location moments from the vibrant Clapham Old Town. The house features two dual aspect reception rooms with fireplaces and a Juliet balcony overlooking the 55 ft. landscaped garden.

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stunning three bedroom period house in a sought after location close to Stockwell tube station with attractive internal accommodation arranged over three floors. This beautiful property is stylishly decorated throughout with a wonderful combination of modern touches and a wealth of original features. There is also a large private rear garden that has been lovingly looked after. KFH Clapham Common, 020 3700 8555 kfh.co.uk

THE HOUSE FEATURES TWO DUAL ASPECT LIVING ROOMS OVERLOOKING THE LANDSCAPED GARDEN

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CHURCH ROAD, SW19 A charming first floor ‘loft style’ maisonette, set in the heart of Wimbledon Village, with its local shops, boutiques and cafes, 0.6 miles from Wimbledon Station. • OPEN-PLAN KITCHEN/RECEPTION ROOM • DOUBLE BEDROOM • BATHROOM WITH SEPARATE SHOWER • ROOF TERRACE • LOFT STORAGE • CHAIN FREE

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020 8879 0099 wimbledon@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk

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• EPC RATING E

£535,000 LEASEHOLD – 110 YEARS

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BURGHLEY HOUSE, SW19 A well-presented top floor apartment of approx. 1,236 sq ft, with outstanding views over the All England Lawn Tennis Club, located 0.9 miles from the centre of Wimbledon Village. • RECEPTION/DINING ROOM • SEPARATE CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE • FURTHER DOUBLE BEDROOM • BATHROOM

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020 8879 0099 wimbledon@jackson-stops.co.uk jackson-stops.co.uk

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• COMMUNAL GARDENS • UNDERGROUND PARKING • EPC RATING D

£850,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD

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Rydon Mews

£2,350,000

A handsome and well-appointed double fronted house situated in a gated development close to local shops, bus transport, schools, Wimbledon Common and the Village. ER/F • Entrance Hall • 2 Reception Rooms • Conservatory • Family Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • 5 Bedrooms • 4 Bath/shower rooms (2 en-suite) • 2 Cloakrooms • Garden • Garage and Parking

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Eversley Park

£3,350,000

A beautifully presented detached modern house with a lovely garden enjoying a secluded and almost rural setting by Wimbledon Common and the Royal Wimbledon Golf Course. ER/D • Reception Hall • 3 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Family Room • Utility Room • 5 Bedrooms • 3 bath/shower rooms (2 e/s) • Walled South Facing Garden • Double Garage • Off-street parking

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Ernle Road

£3,350,000

A very well restored and modernised detached house near Wimbledon Common and the Village with a generous garden and far reaching views over the Royal Wimbledon golf course and Cannizaro Park. ER/E • Two reception rooms • Superbly fitted kitchen/breakfast/family room • Study • Utility room • Cloakroom • Master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room • Four further double bedrooms • Two further bath/shower rooms • Extensive eaves storage • Garage and off-street parking • 96’ garden • Planning consent for extensions

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Home Park Road

£3,750,000

A substantial, well presented detached family home with views over Wimbledon Park and boating lake with its many popular amenities for families and close to local transport. ER/D • Reception Hall • Reception Room • Huge Dining/Family Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Study and separate office • 6/7 Bedrooms • Dressing Room • 3 Bath/shower rooms (2 e/s) • 200’ garden with summerhouse • Garage and drive

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Chatto Road

£900 per week

A beautiful newly refurbished four bedroom house presented in immaculate condition and available from the end of February. The property benefits from a spacious reception room, fully fitted kitchen breakfast room and a pretty patio garden. There is also a downstairs WC and cellar, ideal for storage. Four double bedrooms, a family bathroom and ensuite bathroom are arranged over the upper levels. Four double bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen breakfast room • Family bathroom • Garden • Unfurnished • Available end February

Tierney Road

£1,000 per week

An exceptional recently refurbished, six bedroom semi-detached family home benefits from a large lawned garden and off-street parking for two cars. The property measures approximately 3300 sq ft and is arranged over three floors with a great sense of natural light and space throughout.

• Six bedrooms • Kitchen family room • Reception room • Two family bathrooms • Ensuite bathroom • Cellar • Garden • Off-street parking

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Trinity Road

£3,395,000

A fantastic Victorian family house with a considerable garden measuring in excess of 88 ft. The property is beautifully presented throughout and offers 4811 sq ft of accommodation arranged over four floors. In addition, this impressive six-bedroom house sits on a particularly wide plot and benefits from an excellent sense of lateral space.

• Six double bedrooms • Double reception room • Family media room • Kitchen breakfast room • Four bathrooms (two ensuite) • Wine store • Large garden • Off-street parking

Honeywell Road

£1,475,000

A superb four-bedroom family house, presented in excellent decorative order with a great sense of light and space throughout. The property offers generous proportions in all the principal rooms and measures in excess of 1,900 square feet arranged over three floors.

• Four bedrooms • Double reception room • Kitchen dining room • Family bathroom, shower room and ensuite bathroom • Garden • Roof terrace • Cellar

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LINDORE ROAD, LONDON Featherstone Leigh is pleased to present this stunning three bedroom split level apartment set within a grand period house perfectly located between The Commons. The property comprises, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate WC and Utility room and large open plan reception room opening onto a private rear garden. This is a must see property. EPC = C

GUIDE PRICE

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ALTENBURG GARDENS, LONDON A unique opportunity to acquire an unmodernised but very well presented Altenburg Gardens House a short walk from Clapham Junction station and Clapham Common. The property is configured as a two or three bedroom house with multiple reception rooms, dining room and kitchen. It benefits from a wonderful gallery style drawing room on the first floor which can easily be re-configured back into bedrooms. Sold chain free and boasting a circa 30ft west facing garden, this is a gem of house with a lot of potential. EPC = E GUIDE PRICE

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